The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


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  • Last week to sign up for our Summer School!
    You can now apply for the next edition of our 1-week summer school on Early Programming from 12 to 16 July 2021! This highly interactive course looks into a broad range of exciting and recently discovered environmental factors and…
  • Prize-winning posters at SRCD conference!
    During the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference the work by Yangwenshan Ou and Bonnie Brett were recognized as outstanding interdisciplinary and international research, respectively, for which each received a prize. We are so proud of them!…
  • SRCD Conference 2021
    The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference is one of the biggest conferences in the developmental field, gathering scientists from all over the world under the same roof every two years. Interestingly, this year the roof was…
  • Childcare in times of the Covid-19 crisis
    Column Opgevoed in NRC “Our one-year old daughter goes to childcare for the first time. Unfortunately, given the Covid-19 measures including facemasks, her start is going to be different than usual. Can we still create a save and pleasant…